Series history, broadcast information, connections and more from Sunday's Redskins-Saints 2017 Week 11 matchup at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
REGULAR SEASON WEEK 11WASHINGTON REDSKINS (4-5) at NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (7-2)
Sunday, Nov. 19 | 1:00 p.m. ET
Mercedes-Benz Superdome (82,000) | New Orleans Saints
The Washington Redskins will attempt to even their record this season at 5-5 when they return to action against the New Orleans Saints in Week 11. Kickoff at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET.
Last week, defensive captain D.J. Swearinger picked off Vikings quarterback Case Keenum twice to record the first multi-interception game of his career. This week, Swearinger can become the first member of the Redskins to post consecutive multi-interception games since Paul Krause in Weeks 11-12 of the 1964 season.
Sunday's contest will feature two of the NFL's all-time leaders in completion percentage. Saints quarterback Drew Brees (66.8 percent) and Redskins quarterback Trent Williams (66.0) rank first and third in league history in completion percentage, respectively, among players with at least 1,500 career pass attempts.
In the teams' most recent meeting in 2015, Cousins posted a perfect 158.3 passer rating, completing 20-of-25 passes for 324 yards with four touchdowns in a 47-17 win against New Orleans at FedExField.
SERIES HISTORY--Redskins lead all-time series, 17-8
--Redskins lead regular season series, 17-8
--Last meeting: Nov. 15, 2016 (47-14, WAS)
TELEVISION: FOX--Joe Buck (play-by-play)
--Troy Aikman (color)
--Erin Andrews (sidelines)
RADIO: Redskins Radio Network
--Larry Michael (play-by-play)
--Chris Cooley (analysis)
--Rick "Doc" Walker (sidelines)
Compass Radio Network
--Chris Carrino (play-by-play)
--Brian Baldinger (color)
THE OPPONENTThe New Orleans Saints enter Week 11 of the regular season in first place in the NFC South with a 7-2 record. This season is the team's 11th season under the purview of Head Coach Sean Payton.
Drew Brees is the team's starter at quarterback in his 17th NFL season. This season, he has completed 215-of-300 passes (71.7 percent) for 2,398 yards with 13 touchdowns and four interceptions. Brees' completion percentage (71.7) ranks first in the NFL.
Running back Mark Ingram leads the Saints in rushing this year, having posted 672 rushing yards on 144 carries with seven rushing touchdowns. Alvin Kamara has also contributed to the run game with 417 yards on 64 attempts with four rushing touchdowns.
Wide receiver Michael Thomas leads the Saints in receptions (59) and receiving yards (662). Ted Ginn Jr. is tied for the team lead in receiving touchdowns (three) and has contributed 483 yards on 29 receptions.
Linebacker A.J. Klein has posted a team-high 41 tackles (29 solo) through nine games. Defensive end Cameron Jordan has accrued a team-high 7.0 sacks, while safety Kenny Vaccaro leads the team in interceptions (three).
Will Lutz handles kicking duties for the Saints, while Thomas Morstead handles the punting responsibilities. Lutz is 18-of-22 (81.8 percent) on field goal attempts this season. He is also 28-of- 31 on PATs. Morstead is averaging 48.1 yards per punt.
Ted Ginn Jr. has served as the team's primary punt returner in 2017 and also returns kicks with Kamara. Ginn Jr. has averaged 5.4 yards on 19 punt returns and has averaged 11.2 yards on five kickoff returns. Kamara has averaged 24.0 yards on five kickoff returns.
A WIN WOULD
... even the Redskins' record at 5-5 this season.
... improve the Redskins' road record this season to 3-2. ... level the Redskins' record against NFC opponents at 4-4 this season.
... push the Redskins to 18-8 all-time against the Saints, with all games coming in regular season play.
... give the Redskins three straight victories against the Saints for the first time since a six-game streak in the series across the 1980- 90 seasons.
... make the Redskins 10-3 all-time against the Saints in New Orleans.
... extend the Redskins' winning streak against the Saints in New Orleans to five games. Washington's most recent loss in New Orleans came on Nov. 23, 1992.
... represent Head Coach Jay Gruden's 26th career victory, tying him with Joe Kuharich for fifth-most coaching victories in franchise history.
... push Gruden to 2-0 against the Saints as a head coach.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR THIS WEEK
- The Redskins evening their record this season at 5-5.
- The Redskins improving to 3-2 on the road this season.
A look back at some of the top images in games between the Washington Redskins and New Orleans Saints.
The Redskins leveling their record against NFC opponents this season at 4-4. * The Redskins improving to 18-8 all-time against the Saints and pushing their all-time record in New Orleans to 10-3. * The Redskins entering the game having won their last four games in New Orleans, dating back to 1994. The Redskins scored at least 38 points in three of those contests. * The Redskins traveling to New Orleans having won seven of their last eight road games against the Saints. * The Redskins and Saints squaring off with Washington having won their two most recent games against the Saints, a 40-32 road victory to open the Redskins' 2012 NFC East championship season and a 47-14 home victory in another division title-winning season in 2015. * The Redskins scoring 30 points in consecutive games for the first time since a three-game stretch in Weeks 15-17 of the 2015 season. * The Redskins exceeding 375 yards of offense in back-to-back games for the second time this season and the first time since Weeks 2-3. * The Redskins posting 300 or more net passing yards in consecutive games for the first time since Weeks 11-12 of the 2016 season. * The Redskins scoring multiple rushing touchdowns in a third consecutive game for the first time since a four-game streak to open the 2012 season (Weeks 1-4). * The Redskins ( 1 each of the last two weeks) winning the turnover margin in three consecutive games for the first time since Weeks 4-6 of the 2015 season. * The Redskins' defense picking off multiple passes in three straight weeks for the first time since a four-game streak in Weeks 3-7 of the 2007 season. * The Redskins scoring points on their opening possession for an eighth time this season to tie the 2014 squad for the most openingdrive scores by the Redskins in a single season in records dating back to 1999. * The Redskins scoring a touchdown in their 46th straight game (including postseason play) to take sole possession of the fourthlongest streak in team history. The current 45-game touchdown streak dating back to Week 15 of the 2014 season is tied for the fourth-longest with a 45-game streak across the 1982-85 seasons. Washington's 45-game touchdown streak is the fourth-longest active streak in the NFL. * Head Coach Jay Gruden winning his 26th game with the Redskins to tie Joe Kuharich for the fifth-most coaching victories in franchise history. * Linebacker Will Compton (one each in 2015, 2016 and 2017) setting a single-season career high with his next interception. * Quarterback Kirk Cousins starting his 42nd consecutive regular season game for the Redskins to pass Mark Rypien (41 from 1990-93) for the second-longest streak by a Redskins quarterback since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, trailing only Joe Theismann (60 from 1980-84). * Cousins entering the game third in NFL history in completion percentage (66.0) among players with at least 1,500 career attempts. * Cousins adding to his team records for career 300-yard passing games (23, including 22 in regular season play) and 400-yard passing games (three). * Cousins throwing for 300 yards in back-to-back games for the second time this season and the first time since Weeks 6-7. * Cousins recording his fifth 300-yard passing game of the season to tie Mark Rypien (1989), Jay Schroeder (1986) and Sonny Jurgensen (1967) for the third-most 300-yard passing games in a single season in Redskins history. Cousins already holds the top two spots for 300-yard games in a season with seven in each of the past two years. * Cousins (2,474) entering the day needing 526 more passing yards this season to become the first quarterback in Redskins history to record three consecutive 3,000-yard passing seasons. * Cousins (1,233) completing 12 passes to surpass Mark Rypien (1,244) for the fourth-most career completions in team history. * Cousins (14,587) accruing 413 passing yards to become only the fifth player in team history to throw for 15,000 career yards with the Redskins, joining Joe Theismann, Sonny Jurgensen, Sammy Baugh and Mark Rypien. * Cousins rushing for a touchdown in consecutive games for the first time since Weeks 14-15 of the 2015 season. * Cousins recording multiple rushing touchdowns in back-toback games for the first time in his career. * Cousins (two rushing touchdowns in Week 10) scoring multiple rushing touchdowns to become the first member of the Redskins with two multi-touchdown games on the ground in a single season since Alfred Morris (two) in 2014. * Cousins running for two touchdowns to become the first member of the Redskins with back-to-back games with multiple rushing touchdowns since a three-game streak by Stephen Davis in the first three weeks of the 1999 season. * Cousins adding to his single-season career-high 130 rushing yards this year. * Cousins (12) chasing Joe Theismann (17) for the most career rushing touchdowns by a Redskins quarterback. * Wide receiver Jamison Crowder (one) returning a punt for a touchdown to become the eighth Redskins player to record multiple career punt return touchdowns, joining Brian Mitchell, Rickie Harris, Dick Todd, Bert Zagers, Cliff Battles, Mike Nelms and Johnny Williams. * Tight end Vernon Davis (58) chasing former Redskins great Jerry Smith (60) for seventh on the list of career touchdown receptions by a tight end in NFL history. * Cornerback Jonathan Allen adding to his team-leading and career-high three interceptions this season. * Wide receiver Ryan Grant adding to his single-season career highs in receptions (27) and receiving yards (279). * Grant (two) setting a single-season career high with his next touchdown reception (two in 2015 and 2017). * Safety DeAngelo Hall (five) returning a fumble for a touchdown to tie Jason Taylor (six) for the most career fumble return touchdowns in NFL history. * Hall (three with Washington) returning another fumble for a touchdown to break the team record for career fumble return touchdowns (three by Chris Hanburger and Brad Dusek). * Hall improving upon his 43 career interceptions, most among active NFL players. * Hall intercepting a pass to tie Ken Houston (24) for ninth-most in team history. * Hall entering the game tied for the lead among active NFL players in career non-offensive touchdowns (10, tied with Aqib Talib). * Wide receiver Maurice Harris scoring a touchdown in back-to-back games for the first time in his career. * Defensive lineman Matt Ioannidis adding to his career-high 3.5 sacks. * Ioannidis (3.5) recording 2.5 sacks to tie Chris Baker (6.0 in 2015) and Stephen Bowen (6.0 in 2011) for the most sacks in a season by a Redskins defensive lineman since the team's transition to a 3-4 base in 2010. * Running back Rob Kelley (two rushing touchdowns in Week 9) scoring multiple rushing touchdowns to become the first member of the Redskins with two multi-touchdown games on the ground in a single season since Alfred Morris (two) in 2014. * Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan starting his 106th consecutive regular season game, the longest active streak among active NFL linebackers. Kerrigan has not missed a start in his NFL career. * Kerrigan (6.0) recording 1.5 sacks to join Jared Allen, Derrick Thomas, DeMarcus Ware and Reggie White as the only players in NFL history to record 7.5 sacks in each of the first seven seasons of a career since the NFL adopted sacks as an official statistic in 1982. * Kerrigan (6.0) pushing his sack total this season to 7.5 to tie Dexter Manley for the most seasons with 7.5 or more sacks in Redskins history (seven). * Kerrigan recording his fourth career interception return touchdown to take sole possession of second-most in franchise history. He is currently tied with DeAngelo Hall, Monte Coleman, Andre Collins, Brig Owens and Mike Bass (three each). * Kerrigan tying a team record with his second interception return touchdown of the season (Pug Rentner, 1936; Dan Sandifer, 1948; Dale Hackbart, 1961; Vernon Dean, 1984; Andre Collins, 1994; DeAngelo Hall, 2013). * Tight end Jordan Reed entering the contest with 19 receiving touchdowns since 2015, tied for the most by any NFL tight end in that time frame. * Reed (seven) scoring multiple receiving touchdowns to tie Gary Clark (eight) for fifth-most games with multiple touchdown receptions by a member of the Redskins since 1960. * Reed (2,813) gaining 117 receiving yards to pass Bill Anderson (2,929) for the third-most career receiving yards by a tight end in Redskins history. * Reed (2,813) gaining 187 receiving yards to join Jerry Smith and Chris Cooley as the only tight ends to record 3,000 career receiving yards as a member of the Redskins. * Linebacker Preston Smith adding to his 4.5 sacks this season. Smith has already matched his full-season output from 2016. * Safety D.J. Swearinger intercepting a pass in back-to-back games for the first time in his career. * Swearinger attempting to become the first member of the Redskins to record an interception in consecutive games since Bashaud Breeland in Weeks 5-6 of the 2015 season. * Swearinger recording multiple interceptions to become the first member of the Redskins since Darrell Green (two in 1993) to record multiple games with two or more interceptions in a single season. * Swearinger attempting to become the first member of the Redskins to post consecutive multi-interception games since Paul Krause in Weeks 11-12 of the 1964 season. * Swearinger (two) matching his single-season career high (three in 2016) with his next interception. * Running back Chris Thompson entering the game as the only player in the NFL to lead a team in both rushing yards (277) and receiving yards (494) this season. * Thompson (277) rushing for 80 yards to break his single-season career high in rushing yards (356 in 2016). * Thompson (two) matching his career high (three in 2016) with his next rushing touchdown. * Thompson adding to his career highs in receiving yards (494) and receiving touchdowns (three) this season. * Thompson (two in 2017) attempting to break a tie for the most 100-yard receiving games by a Redskins running back in a season in records dating back to 1960 (Dick James, two in 1962). * Thompson (two) breaking a tie with Dick James, Craig McEwen and Larry Brown (two each) for the most career 100-yard receiving games by a Redskins running back in records dating back to 1960. * Thompson (three) becoming the first Redskins back to catch at least four touchdown passes in a season since fullback Mike Sellers (seven) in 2005. * Thompson (eight) catching two touchdown passes to tie Joe Washington (10) for 10th-most career receiving touchdowns by a back in Redskins history. * Thompson entering the game with 494 receiving yards, the eighth-most by an NFL running back through the first nine games of a season since 1999. * Thompson ascending the Redskins' charts for receiving yards by a running back in a single season. He enters Sunday tied for 10th in team history.
NOTABLE REDSKINS/VIKINGS CONNECTIONS
Former Saints on Redskins:
The Washington Redskins today announced the signing of linebacker Junior Galette. Take a look back at the pass rusher's five-year NFL career.
LB Junior Galette (2010-14)
Former Redskins on Saints:
- Offensive Coordinator Pete Carmichael (2001)
- Linebackers Coach Mike Nolan (1997-99)
- Defensive Assistant Leigh Torrence (2006-08)
- Special Teams Coordinator Bradford Banta (2014-16)
- G Josh LeRibeus (2012-15)
Saints from the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area:
- Asst. Wide Receivers Coach Ronald Curry (Hampton, Va.)
- WR Brandon Coleman (Forestville, Md.)
- CB Ken Crawley (Washington, D.C.)
- RB Trey Edmunds (Ringgold, Va.) Redskins from Louisiana:
- Wide Receivers Coach Ike Hilliard (Patterson)
- Strength & Conditioning Coach Chad Englehart (Abita Springs)
- S Deshazor Everett (DeRidder)
- RB Rob Kelley (New Orleans)
Saints who went to college in the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area:
- Offensive Assistant Joseph Brady (William & Mary)
- Offensive Assistant Brendan Nugent (Catholic University of America)
- RB Trey Edmunds (Virginia Tech/Maryland)
Redskins who went to college in Louisiana:
- Strength & Conditioning Coach Chad Englehart (Southeastern Louisiana)
- WR Ryan Grant (Tulane)
- RB Rob Kelley (Tulane)
Notable Pro Connections:
Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach Bill Callahan worked with Saints Head Coach Sean Payton for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1997. Callahan worked for the Oakland Raiders when Saints Asst. Wide Receivers Coach Ronald Curry played there from 2002-03. Running Backs Coach Randy Jordan also played there in 2002.
Wide Receivers Coach Ike Hilliard played on the New York Giants when Payton worked there from 1999-02. Saints Asst. Head Coach/ Tight Ends Coach Dan Campbell played on the Giants from 1999-02.
Hilliard (2011) worked with Dan Campbell (2010-15) and Linebackers Coach Mike Nolan (2010-11) for the Miami Dolphins.
Defensive Coordinator Greg Manusky worked with Saints Offensive Coordinator Pete Carmichael for the San Diego Chargers from 2002-05.
Manusky and Defensive Line Coach Jim Tomsula worked with Mike Nolan for the San Francisco 49ers from 2007-08. Tomsula also worked with Ronald Curry for the San Francisco 49ers from 2013-15.
Offensive Coordinator Matt Cavanaugh worked with Saints Assistant Offensive Line Coach Brendan Nugent for the Chicago Bears from 2013-14. Cavanaugh worked with Mike Nolan for the Baltimore Ravens from 2001-04. O'Connell worked with Saints Secondary Coach Aaron Glenn for the Cleveland Browns in 2015.
Special Teams Coordinator Ben Kotwica (2007-13), Callahan (2008- 11) and Cavanaugh (2009-12) worked with Kevin O'Dea (2008-09) for the New York Jets. O'Connell also played on the Jets from 2009-11.
Manusky worked for the San Diego Chargers when Saints QB Drew Brees played there from 2002-05.
Manusky worked for the Indianapolis Colts when Saints TE Coby Fleener played there from 2012-15.
Manusky (2007-10), Tomsula (2007-15), and O'Connell (2016) worked for the San Francisco 49ers when Saints WR Ted Ginn Jr. (2010-12), LB Nathan Stupar (2013) and LB Gerald Hodges (2015-16) played there.
Offensive Quality Control Coach Chris O'Hara worked for the Jacksonville Jaguars when Saints T Bryce Harris played there in 2016.
Outside Linebackers Coach Chad Grimm worked for the Arizona Cardinals when Saints OL Senio Kelemete played there in 2012. Grimm worked for the San Diego Chargers when LB Manti Te'o played there from 2013-14.
Defensive Quality Control Coach Cannon Matthews (2013) and O'Connell (2015) worked for the Cleveland Browns when Saints LB Craig Robertson (2012-15) played there.
OL Tony Bergstrom (2012-15), DL Stacy McGee (2013-16) and WR Terrelle Pryor Sr. (2011-13) played on the Oakland Raiders when Saints Defensive Coordinator Dennis Allen (2012-14) worked there. Pryor Sr. played on the Cleveland Browns when Aaron Glenn worked there in 2015.
TE Vernon Davis played on the San Francisco 49ers when Mike Nolan worked there from 2006-08. Davis (2006-15) and QB Colt McCoy (2013) played with Saints WR Ted Ginn Jr. (2010-12) and LB Nathan Stupar (2013) on the 49ers.
S D.J. Swearinger played on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when Kevin O'Dea worked there in 2015.
LB Zach Brown played on the Buffalo Bills when Saints Coaching Assistant Deuce Schwartz worked there in 2016.
LB Chris Carter played with Saints TE Coby Fleener on the Indianapolis Colts in 2014.
CB Josh Norman (2012-15) played with Saints WR Ted Ginn Jr. (2013, 2015-16) and LB A.J. Klein (2012-16) on the Carolina Panthers.
OL T.J. Clemmings played with Saints LB Gerald Hodges and RB Zach Line on the Minnesota Vikings in 2015.
DL Terrell McClain played with Saints TE Michael Hoomanawanul on the New England Patriots in 2012.
S D.J. Swearinger played with Saints DE Alex Okafor on the Arizona Cardinals from 2015-16.
OL Shawn Lauvao (2010-13), McCoy (2010-12) and Pryor Sr. (2015- 16) played with Saints LB Craig Robertson (2012-15) on the Cleveland Browns.
Notable College Connections:
- Running Backs Coach Randy Jordan worked at Texas A&M when Saints Defensive Assistant Michael Hodges played there from 2008- 11. S Deshazor Everett also played at Texas A&M in 2011.
- Tight Ends Coach Wes Phillips played with Saints Pass Rush Specialist Brian Young at UTEP from 1997-99.
- Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach Kavan Latham worked at Rutgers when Saints WR Brandon Coleman played there in 2011.
- Defensive Backs Coach Torrian Gray worked at Virginia Tech when Saints RB Trey Edmunds from 2013-15.
- Offensive Quality Control Coach Chris O'Hara worked at Miami when Saints DE Al-Quadin Muhammad played there in 2013.
- WR Ryan Grant (2009-13) and RB Rob Kelley (2011-15) played at Tulane when Saints Senior Offensive Assistant/Wide Receivers Coach Curtis Johnson (2012-15) worked there.
- QB Kirk Cousins played at Michigan State when Saints Offensive Line Coach Dan Roushar worked there from 2007-11.
- LB Ryan Kerrigan played at Purdue when Saints Running Backs Coach Joel Thomas worked there from 2007-08.
- LB Martrell Spaight and TE Jeremy Sprinkle played at Arkansas when Joel Thomas worked there from 2013-14.
- DL Ziggy Hood played with Saints QB Chase Daniel at Missouri from 2005-08.
- CB Kendall Fuller played with Saints RB Trey Edmunds at Virginia Tech from 2013-15.
- LB Chris Carter played with Saints T Bryce Harris at Fresno State from 2007-10.
- S Deshazor Everett played with Saints CB De'Vante Harris at Texas A&M from 2012-14.
- LS Nick Sundberg played with Saints DE Cameron Jordan at California from 2007-08.
- LB Ryan Anderson played with Saints RB Alvin Kamara at Alabama in 2013.
- QB Colt McCoy played with Saints DE Alex Okafor and S Kenny Vaccaro at Texas in 2009.
- LB Josh Harvey-Clemons played with Saints DT Sheldon Rankins at Louisville in 2015.
- RB Chris Thompson played with Saints CB P.J. Williams at Florida State in 2012.